ぼくのまつり縫い(読みもの)

My Diagonal Stitch: The Boy Who Loves Crafts Can't Say So

神戸遥真 作/井田千秋 絵 text: Kobe, Haruma | illus. Ida, Chiaki

カテゴリー: Japanese Children's Booksおすすめ!日本の子どもの本読みもの/chapter books and novels

『ぼくのまつり縫い~手芸男子は好きっていえない』(Boku no matsuri nui: shugei danshi wa suki tte ienai)

中学入学時に違う学区から引っ越してきた針宮優人(はりみやゆうと)に、クラスの知り合いはひとりもいない。そんな優人に最初に声をかけてきた少年に誘われ、サッカー部に入部するのだが、あまり乗り気ではない。しかも練習でけがをして、しばらくお休み中。放課後の教室で、制服のズボンの裾がほつれてしまったのを縫い合わせていると、同じクラスの糸井莉香(いといりか)に「助けてください」と声をかけられ、特別校舎2階の被服室に無理やり連れ込まれる。被服部の部長と糸井が、演劇部に頼まれた衣装作りの追い込み中で、衣装のまつり縫いを手伝わされる。小さい時から手芸が好きで、裁縫が得意だからまつり縫いもすぐ終わり、不器用な糸井のボタン付けを手伝い、仕上げの見事さを部長からほめられる。それがきっかけで、被服室に通うことが多くなり、入部を進められるが踏み切れない。

優人は、幼稚園児の頃「男なのにピンクかよ」とからかわれたことがトラウマになって、手芸が好きなのも隠しているのだ。端切れを買いに行くクラフトショップの、性別不詳でゴスロリのモモさんの一押しなどもあり、好きなものは好きだと決断し、女子3人だけの被服部に入部するまでの優人の葛藤を通し、性差に対する固定観念をさわやかに解きほぐす痛快な部活小説だ。(野上)

出版社 偕成社
初版年 2019年
ISBN 9784036491209
ページ数 168頁
サイズ 19×13
対象年齢 11歳から
キーワード 裁縫 部活 友だち ジェンダー

My Diagonal Stitch: The Boy Who Loves Crafts Can't Say So

At the beginning of junior high, Yuto Hariyama moves in from another school district and knows no one in his class. He joins the soccer team at the invitation of the first person to speak to him, but he has never been into sports and doesn’t get very far. He even gets injured at practice so has to take a break.

One day while mending his frayed uniform trousers after class, he attracts the attention of his classmate Rika Itoi, who begs him for “help” and drags him to the school sewing room on the second floor of another building. There, Itoi and the president of the sewing club are frantically working on costumes for the drama club. They need more hands to help. They ask Yuto to assist with the staggered diagonal topstitching on some costumes; Yuto has done handicrafts since he was little and enjoys embroidery, so he finishes quickly. Then, he helps the awkward Itoi sew on some buttons. His finishes quickly earn praise from the club president. After that, he makes some more visits to the sewing room and gets invited to join the club, but he stays on the fence. Yuto was teased as a preschooler for liking pink and had been hiding the fact that he enjoys crafts.

Helped along by Momo, an androgynous Gothic Lolita he meets at the craft shop when buying fabric scraps—and by Itoi and the club president—Yuto finally decides that he likes what he likes, and he joins the sewing club with its three other members, all female. Through showing Yuto’s internal discord, when his embarrassment keeps him from saying he likes crafts, this story refreshingly breaks down gender stereotypes and offers readers a fun school club story. Widely popular with a sequel on the way. (Nogami)

  • text: Kobe, Haruma | illus. Ida, Chiaki
  • Kaiseisha
  • 2019
  • 168 pages
  • 19×13
  • ISBN 9784036491209
  • Age 11 +

Needlework, Club activity, Friendship, Gender


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